Raytheon to upgrade radar systems in Hornet aircraft

Feb. 13 (UPI) — Raytheon has been awarded a contract for the repair of APG 65/73 radar systems on F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.

The deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $56 million under a firm-fixed-price delivery order contract.

Originally developed by the Hughes Aircraft Company — now Raytheon — the AN/APG-65 radar systems have been in regular use by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, along with foreign militaries, since the early 1980s, and the AN/APG-73 has been in use since its development in the early 1990s, according to Raytheon.

The AN/APG-73 was integrated into upgraded F/A-18 Hornet aircraft models C and D, along with early editions of the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

Work on the contract will occur in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed by February 2019.

More than $27.4 million will be obligated to Raytheon at the time of award from Navy fiscal 2018 working capital funds and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year, the Pentagon said.